Building a Threadripper System for Slackware...

I have been building computers for several years now and my latest build is a second generation Threadripper build which is aimed fairly and squarely at supporting my daily computer usage while using Slackware Linux. Of all the systems that I have built for myself this one has been the most focussed with most components specifically tied into usage targets. And I thought, Gentle Reader, that perhaps this carefully planned build might have some interest to others, so here it is presented with all of its successes and also its few small mistakes. Let me know if this has at all been useful for you...

The Build...

I decided to not publish the cost of the components of this system, this is rarely useful because of regional variations in the pricing of components as well as for the fact that the sickening price drops that occur as computer technology ages is almost too much for me to observe too closely! But I can certainly say that the overall build was plotted out on one of those amazing 'partpicker' sites which allowed me to plot out my uneasy compromises between quality parts and expense. And here then are the components themselves:

And so that represents the heart of the Threadripper system that I built in May-June 2019. It has given great performance in the months since that date. And you may ask, Gentle Reader, did I make any mistakes or have any regrets? Well I admit to forgetting to install the IO shield and I also confess to having left it that way; I will recify this when I tear the system apart for spring cleaning at the end of 2020. At this time I may also replace the PSU cables with custom ones. But apart from these two minor issues I have been extremely happy with my choice of components as well as extremely happy with the whole build process. I have used the system solidly for the last 6 months or so and it complements and extends my Slackware usage comprehensively.

I plan to keep this system for 5 years and then build myself a newer system; 5 years seems to be about the sweet spot for my usage between fair usage and obsolescence. With this in mind I have carefully stored away all packaging, extra cables, screws and oddments to make the components more saleable and of course much easier to send off in the post! Thus for the first time in my history of computer building I am planning the end of a system even as I am still actually building the system. So it goes in the world of computers I guess..